|LONGVIEW - The gold ball is coming back to Longview.
Longview put up 14 points in the first two minutes of the Halloween showdown with rival Tyler Lee en route to a 63-7 drubbing on Senior Night to take sole possession of the District 12-5A crown for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.
"Our kids had no plans of sharing it," Longview head coach John King said. "They came out ready to play. That first quarter set the tone for a great ballgame for us.
"They were very focused from the beginning."
Dezmond Chumley completed five of seven pass attempts for 103 yards and three touchdowns and added a 19-yard score on the ground as Longview built a commanding 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Chumley finished 8-for-11 for 200 yards.
"It's always nice to get off to a good start like that," King said. "Kids get in rhythm and get a lot of confidence going. I didn't think things were going to be as easy as they were.
"We knew we were going to have to throw the ball because of their defensive front and we had more success running the ball than I thought we would."
L'darrius Peterson finished with 95 yards and a trio of touchdowns from 21, eight and three yards out. Jeremy Powell and Marquies Hunter had scores of four and two yards, respectively, as Longview outgained Tyler Lee (4-5, 1-4) 522-167 in total yards.
Chris Pellum and Stephon Anthony each made the most of their three catches with Pellum finishing with 84, including touchdown hauls of 22 and 26 and Anthony with 118, including a 36-yard touchdown catch.
The Lobo defense came to play as well, holding a Red Raider squad that has averaged 33.6 points per game to a lone fourth-quarter touchdown and 48 yards total in the first half. Tyler Lee first crossed into Lobo territory in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Travin Howard pulled down his fifth interception of the year and forced a fumble. Laurent Johnson had an interception with a 37-yard return to the Tyler Lee 8-yard line, setting up Powell's touchdown. He broke up another pass and finished with a team-high 10 tackles. Jhavaurian Moore had a fumble recovery. Jaylon Jackson scooped a loose ball and returned it 47 yards, setting up a Lobo score two plays later.
Decord Flanagan had a pair of sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Zaycoven Henderson made his presence know in the Red Raider backfield through the contest, finishing with a sack and a tackle for loss in the first quarter alone.
"Zaycoven was ready to roll tonight, as they all were," King said. "It's senior night, he got honored before the game for being selected to the Semper Fi All-Star game and there were some college scouts on the sideline so that never hurts.
"They were ready to put on a show."
Peterson capped the Lobos' first drive of the night with a three-yard run, after Chumley found Pellum and Anthony on back-to-back completions.
Howard made a leaping interception on Lee's first snap of the contest and Chumley and Pellum connected again for a 22-yard score to give Longview a quick 14-0 lead with 10:48 left in the first quarter.
Chumley and Pellum connected again with 7:05 left in the first quarter and the quarterback added a 19-yard run to give the Lobos a 28-0 lead after the first.
Longview saw their first third down with 11:03 left in the second quarter and after two costly penalties, the Lobos faced a 3rd and 34 before Chumley hit Melvin Gouldsby for 46 yards, setting up Peterson's second score from eight yards out.
Chumley's third touchdown pass of the night came with 6:38 left in the opening half on a 36-yard toss to Anthony to give Longview a 42-0 lead at the break.
Peterson and Powell had touchdowns of 21 and four yards in the third quarter.
Tyler Lee's Juwan Banks put the Red Raiders on the board with 11:17 left in the contest on a one-yard run. He finished with 52 yards. Kyjuan Johnson led Tyler Lee with 93 yards on 15 touches.
Hunter found the end zone from two yards for the 63-7 final. The touchdown was set up by a 70-yard touchdown pass from Sophomore Cameron Castleberry to Anthony.
Longview will wrap the regular season on the road next week in Rockwall before entering the postseason.
"It's preparation for the playoffs," King said. "We don't want to go to Rockwall and play sloppy. They're well coached and they'll be ready for us. It'll be a tough task to go up there with everything all decided but what we're going to have to play for is pride.
"We're going to have to go up there and make sure we show up ready to play and play Lobo football."